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Glooston, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Glooston, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, on an affluent of the river Welland, 3½ miles W from Hallaton station on the G.N. and L. & N.W. Joint railway, and 5¼NNE of Market Harborough. Post town. Market Harborough; money order office, Hallaton; telegraph office, East Langton. Acreage, 973; population, 73. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £245 with residence. Patron, the Countess of Cardigan. The church is of the 13th century. There are some small charities.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishGlooston St. John 
Poor Law unionHarborough 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Glooston:



Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing 2 bells: the chancel retains a handsome piscina and sedilia: there are remains of another piscina on the north side of the nave: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. John Davies M.A. rector (1802-47), who died 29 Dec. 1847: the church was thoroughly restored in 1867: in 1921 a marble mural tablet was erected in the church, inscribed with the names of those men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Glooston from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Online maps of Glooston are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE16
Post TownMarket Harborough